The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complex. Even though you might think your work is done once you are confirmed “disabled”, this just is not the case. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely tell you to designate a payee.
If you don’t know, an SSA payee is an individual who has been designated to be in charge of dispensing your benefits. In many cases, without an SSA payee, the administration will not issue a payment. Even though this seems like an extra hurdle, it is important to understand why you need to designate a payee.
When do I need a designated SSA Payee?
In most cases, the decision of whether or not you need to designate a payee is based on your medical file. This decision is based on information provided by a doctor (and is made by a judge). You should know that payees are required for the benefit of receiving your payments.
Some of the reasons why you might need a payee include:
- You have problems with impulse control
- There are concerns that you might not be able to track your money
- There are worries that you might not be able to pay your bills
- Concerns exist regarding whether or not you will be able to control your benefits
If the SSA determines that you need a payee, who should be designated to be in control of these benefits?
Choosing a payee
When you are told that you need a payee, it is important to think carefully. Make sure to select someone who is trusted–such as a family member or a friend. If you are having a difficult time, you might consider selecting an institution to disburse your benefits. Make sure that you complete the social security payee form and notify the SSA as quickly as possible. If not, your benefits could be delayed.
If you have concerns about your situation, contact an attorney. Choose an attorney who is experienced with Social Security Disability Insurance claims. At Match & Farnsworth, we provide complimentary consultations. Contact us today for legal support.